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Ground systems do not have to be in the ground, but out of sight is out of mind.
This may be true concerning the station operator and neighbors but an FCC inspector will know better. This has been discussed thoroughly on this board. Any ground system which radiates needs to be included in the 3 meter length restriction to comply with the intent of this rule which is to limit all radiating elements to total of 3 meter length. A non radiating ground system can be achieved above ground but random lengths and directions of conductors won’t suffice.